UT Tyler Scales Back First Full-ride Scholarships. Now Dozens of Nepalese Are Scrambling to Pay for School

It was supposed to be a crowning moment for the University of Texas at Tyler. For the first time, the university was offering a presidential scholarship that covered everything -- tuition, room and board. And international students would be well represented in the awards. But it wasn't until after the offer letters went out that officials realized that they had extended the scholarships to more students than they could afford. Some offers to international students had to be rescinded, including dozens of prospective students from Nepal who have launched a social media campaign calling out UT-Tyler. Roman Shrestha posted a tweet outlining how 84 students from Nepal had been notified by the university this winter that that they earned the Presidential Fellow Scholarships available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Students rushed to pay their $100 confirmation fee to secure the scholarship and even ponied up $125 for housing deposits. They began the process for their student visas, setting up interviews and paying related fees. Then on April 13th, some Nepalese students -- including Shrestha -- learned they would no longer get the award. "I just wonder, what if we were American, would they have done the same for us?" Shrestha tweeted. Later adding, "I am so disappointed to hear the news regarding cancellation of my Presidential Fellow Scholarships. A clear blunder of administration and management..."   Continue reading...

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